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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 5, 2011 4:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: No Bruce? No worries

I have always been very high on today's day in history 1991. The band is at cal Expo sans Hornsby but they put forth a fantastic effort. I'm a huge Bruce guy but the band is really in the zone tonight especially set 2. I'm not going to breakdown the show but this baby clocks in at close to 3 hours. I realize this gig won't be for everyone but if you like 1991, don't let the absence of BH deter you from this one. Wish there was a nice aud out there

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-05-05.sbd.hinko.19181.sbeok.shnf


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Poster: bkidwell Date: May 5, 2011 8:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No Bruce? No worries

There are a lot of nice things in this show, but special attention should be given to the transition passage between Truckin' and Terrapin. This is a fairly rare transition, and I believe it is because the keys/modes of the two songs have almost no pitches in common. I think Truckin' is in E mixolydian and Lady with a Fan is F lydian.

In the case of this show, the challenge of this transition is met and surmounted beautifully. In the musical language the band had evolved, there was an existing easy connection between Truckin and The Other One, and The Other One and the spanish jam. The spanish jam, I think, focuses on the same semitone E-F relationship. Thus, the band moves from Truckin to Terrapin with a small jam that flirts with the spanish mood. The previous truckin->terrapin on 9/14/90 has a nice transition but without the 'spanish' element, and the earlier shows (2/19/85, 6/20/88, 8/28/88, 3/21/89) with this transition make the juxtaposition fairly immediate with just a short Garcia "drift" to connect them.

For some reason there has been very little discussion that I can find in this forum of the numerous wonderful post-Terrapin jams of the 90s. This show has a fine example - rather than just repeat the pre-composed instrumental theme ad infinitum prior to drums, there is a nice open-ended but strongly melodic and rhythmic improv section. These jams have a huge amount of variety (the Mind Left Body featured on Dozin at the Knick is by no means typical) and often showcase the 90s band in a very nice "neoclassical" vein of inspiration.

The "space" is excellent as usual for the era, although this sbd misplaces the transition from drums - the first 3 minutes of "space" on this recording are actually drums.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 6, 2011 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No Bruce? No worries

"For some reason there has been very little discussion that I can find in this forum of the numerous wonderful post-Terrapin jams of the 90s."

It seems '90s fans around here are not as analytical or organized as the early-era cohort!
The 6/23/93 Terrapin jam is probably my favorite, though not as melodic as some from '90.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: May 6, 2011 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No Bruce? No worries

Yeah, so far as I know 6/23/93 is the absolute pinnacle of the post-Terrapin jam, it really goes beyond any of the others that I've heard in terms of length and energy and travels through different musical ideas.

Based on not-at-all-comprehensive research, it seems like 10/18/89 has the first post-terrapin jam that departs from the composed theme. It's a pretty good example of the general template, which is Jerry using a midi horn or wind voice to explore melodic ideas while the band keeps a flowing rhythm underneath. It happens again, bigger and bolder on 12/6/89, and it becomes even more exploratory on the very percussion driven version of 3/15/90. Among other notable 1990 versions is the unusual 6/16/90 show where space came before drums.

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: May 7, 2011 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No Bruce? No worries

Love this thread! thanks all for the filling pre/post-Terrapin recommendations... & for giving me a reason to revisit the last golden age.

Peace

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 6, 2011 1:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No Bruce? No worries

Yesterday's TDIH from 20 years ago, 5/5/91, has a great post-Terrapin jam, the end of a really impressive Truckin> Spanish jam> Terrapin spectacular.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-05-05.sbd.hinko.19181.sbeok.shnf

9/8/90 has one of the best pre-drums segments of that tour, certainly, and the post-Terra jam is the one on the GD box set.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-09-08.sbd.miller.92241.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 6, 2011 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No Bruce? No worries

This is a good show once you get through Help on the Way, which is awful. Vince is all over the place for the first two minutes, and Jerry doesn't wake up until Slipknot. Most of the rest of the first set is great. The jam between Truckin and Terrapin is exquisite, as is the post-Terra jam into Drums. A very worthy show from May '91.

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